The Overbury Mystery: A Chronicle of Facts and Drama of the Law

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T.F. Unwin, Limited, 1925 - 327 pages
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Concerning the events leading up to the death of Sir Thomas Overbury, and the arraignment of Lady Frances Howard, the Earl of Essex, and their agents for his murder.

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Page 235 - Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
Page 161 - ... or truth, of human life — such a truth as might be formulated critically in an abstract and general proposition — which the dramatist contrives to convey concretely to his auditors through the particular medium of his story. Thus, the theme of Ghosts...
Page 290 - ... that you find the Commissioners have, you know not how, some secret assurance that in the end she will confess of him : but this must only be as from yourself...
Page 298 - Then when they had this poor gentleman in the Tower close prisoner, where he could not escape nor stir, where he could not feed but by their hands, where he could not speak nor write but through their trunks ; then was the time to execute the last act of this tragedy. Then must Franklin be purveyor of the poisons, and procure five, six,, seven several potions, to be sure to hit his complexion.
Page 240 - Since I saw you, I saw Mrs. Turner die. If detestation of painted pride, lust, malice, powdered hair, yellow bands, and the rest of the wardrobe of court vanities, — if deep sighs, tears, confessions, ejaculations of the soul, admonitions of all sorts of people to make God and an unspotted conscience always our friends, — if the protestation of faith and hope to be washed by the same Saviour and...
Page 208 - God's sake, let me," said the King, "shall I? shall I?" Then lolled about his neck. Then: "For God's sake, give thy lady this kiss for me.
Page 283 - ... you are to be drawn on hurdles to the place of execution, where you are to be hanged by the neck, but not until you are dead...
Page 290 - You shall therefore give him assurance in my name, that if he will yet before his trial confess clearly unto the Commissioners his guiltiness of this fact, I will not only perform what I promised by my last Messenger, both towards him and his wife, but I will enlarge it, according to the phrase of the civil law, quod gratiac sunt ampliandcC.
Page 310 - I assure myself you will not take circumstances for evidence, for if you should the conditions of a man's life were nothing. In the meantime you may see the excellence of the King's justice, which makes no distinction, putting me into your hands for a just and equal censure. For my part, I protest before God I was neither guilty of, nor privy to, any wrong that Overbury suffered in this kind.
Page 119 - Overbury for so slighting her, answered : ' My own legs are straight and strong enough to bear me up, but, in faith, I will be even with you for this...

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